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Adjusting clip length in the Timeline

From: Premiere Elements 10 Essential Training

Video: Adjusting clip length in the Timeline

We just saw how to trim your clips, adjust the length, make them longer within the Sceneline, but now let's take a look at how to do that in the Timeline. So I have got my three clips once again down here. I've got my CTI, or my Current Time Indicator, right here, and if I move this and you look right here, you can see that you've got the time moving, so that's why this is called the Current Time Indicator. Problem I have is that everything is really small, and I don't have room to work here. So I am going to go up to the Zoom window here, and it says Zoom Out and Zoom In.

Adjusting clip length in the Timeline

We just saw how to trim your clips, adjust the length, make them longer within the Sceneline, but now let's take a look at how to do that in the Timeline. So I have got my three clips once again down here. I've got my CTI, or my Current Time Indicator, right here, and if I move this and you look right here, you can see that you've got the time moving, so that's why this is called the Current Time Indicator. Problem I have is that everything is really small, and I don't have room to work here. So I am going to go up to the Zoom window here, and it says Zoom Out and Zoom In.

If I click and hold, drag it to the right, I have got some room now. Same footage, wonderful. So let's talk a little bit about once again that this is a Premiere Elements project file. Once again, I am going to try and drill this in your head. Whatever you do here in the Timeline or the Sceneline has no effect over your master footage in here. None at all. If you make this green, if you spin it upside down or sideways, if you invert it, whatever you do, will never affect the master file.

So you can be as creative as you like within your clip. So with that knowledge and power, let's move on and have some fun. So once again, I am moving, and I want to edit right there. So now in the Timeline we have our cursor. And if I hover over a piece of footage-- let's say I will select this footage, that's the one I am going to edit-- when I hold my cursor over the two pieces of footage here--see they are connecting right here--the arrows to the left are going to affect this piece of footage.

The arrow to the right is going to affect this piece of footage. So to the left is going to affect this footage, to right, this footage, and so on. So now, I want to stop right there. I am just going to go to my little area here, click and hold and drag, and there it goes. Let's do that one more time. I am going to hit Undo, and now we are going to go back here. And I want to take a look into this Preview monitor here, and now when I click and drag, I can see on the left what I am cutting or trimming. And when I stop, I have got it there.

Now the other good thing is that Elements moves over and shifts the other pieces of footage that I have in the Timeline. Now what if it didn't do that? We would have a big gap, and let's take a look at that. I am going to click and drag the other clips, let go, and now I have got this big gap, which is not very interesting. So if that ever happens to you, you can right-click in the area, choose Delete and Close Gap, and it will do it for you. Okay, so the next clip, I see her frowning once again.

I want her to smile because she knows she is going to dance soon, and there she is smiling, so I am going to go here, click and drag, and Elements shifted over these two clips to button up against this clip. And if I Play, she is smiling and then the dance coach calls her, and we will drag this over. It's her turn to dance. So there she is right there, so now I am going to trim this one, and now she is dancing.

So we see these people dancing. The girl is waiting for her turn. The coach calls her, she goes in and dances, and I would add some transitions here and have some fun. And then this might be a little long, so then I might trim this, click and drag. Okay so we finished trimming. Now let's go up here and hit the play button, but I want to go back to the beginning. So I am just going to drag it back, press the play button, and there is everybody dancing.

I would transition there to the girl, and then there she is dancing, and it's great. Then I would probably fade it out. So there we go, so you can see how easy it is to trim your projects. But what if I wanted to go back here and see her actually frowning, give her that little bit of a frown because she was unhappy that she hadn't being picked yet? So I am just going to drag the footage to the left. Let's see, right there, she is little pouty let go and now if I play it, there she is, maybe a little bit more even, so I will click and drag it a little more.

We will go back and I will play it again. We go there, the boy nods. There is the girl, a little sad, oh she is smiling, she might get picked, and she gets picked. So as you saw, I could drag in and out, trimming things, making them longer, making them shorter, all nondestructively, as I said, within Premiere Elements.

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Premiere Elements 10 Essential Training

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  1. 3m 1s
    1. Welcome
      52s
    2. How to use the exercise files
      2m 9s
  2. 11m 10s
    1. Understanding the interface
      6m 45s
    2. An overview of the editing workflow
      4m 25s
  3. 14m 29s
    1. Creating a new project
      2m 14s
    2. Importing media
      2m 9s
    3. Capturing media
      4m 24s
    4. Managing media
      2m 44s
    5. Missing media and correctly saving projects
      2m 58s
  4. 15m 35s
    1. Sceneline or Timeline?
      2m 25s
    2. Adding, arranging, and deleting clips in the Sceneline
      2m 2s
    3. Adding, arranging, and deleting clips in the Timeline
      3m 16s
    4. Modifying clips with the context menu
      4m 57s
    5. Rendering: What is the red bar?
      2m 55s
  5. 23m 18s
    1. Adjusting clip length in the Preview window
      2m 4s
    2. Adjusting clip length in the Sceneline
      2m 43s
    3. Adjusting clip length in the Timeline
      4m 40s
    4. Playing with time: Freeze, change speed, and duration
      6m 31s
    5. Splitting and moving clips
      2m 10s
    6. Applying transitions: Getting from scene to scene
      5m 10s
  6. 30m 17s
    1. Applying effects to clips
      3m 29s
    2. The new Pan and Zoom tool
      1m 42s
    3. Adjusting the position, scale, and rotation of clips, and creating picture-in-picture effects
      3m 35s
    4. Using the Tracker
      5m 26s
    5. Using the Effects Mask tool
      3m 1s
    6. Videomerge and Green Screen
      3m 38s
    7. Creating and using effect presets
      4m 12s
    8. Making color adjustments using effects
      5m 14s
  7. 16m 38s
    1. Understanding animation
      5m 57s
    2. Animating video effects
      3m 30s
    3. Using keyframes with motion effects
      3m 4s
    4. Working with keyframes directly in the Timeline
      4m 7s
  8. 18m 44s
    1. Recording voiceovers and narration
      3m 25s
    2. Using SmartSound for great music soundtracks
      5m 39s
    3. Applying audio effects
      2m 48s
    4. Mixing audio with SmartMixer
      6m 52s
  9. 17m 50s
    1. Creating and animating text
      9m 24s
    2. Creating lower thirds
      5m 31s
    3. Using style presets and templates
      2m 55s
  10. 9m 40s
    1. The Auto-Analyzer
      2m 36s
    2. InstantMovie and themes
      4m 5s
    3. Smart Trim
      2m 59s
  11. 10m 7s
    1. Creating your first DVD
      4m 17s
    2. Creating Blu-ray Discs, DVDs, and web DVDs
      5m 50s
  12. 8m 58s
    1. Sharing your project to YouTube
      2m 36s
    2. Sharing your project to a video file
      4m 42s
    3. Sharing your project to a mobile device
      1m 40s
  13. 32s
    1. Goodbye
      32s

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